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07/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
GE Digital CEO and Chief Digital Officer Bill Ruh sits down for an eWEEK Q&A to explain the development of Predix and how the company is using it in the industrial internet of things.
07/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Alphabet's overall revenue growth and profits remained strong during last quarter despite getting hit with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine imposed by the European Union.
07/24/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Learn about default Docker network settings and options for expanded networking capabilities.

07/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
LiveStories was started up to enable people to obtain truth in content, something that has been a basic human fault throughout history.
07/24/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Scaling a relational database isn’t easy. Scaling a relational database out to multiple replicas and regions over a network while maintaining strong consistency, without sacrificing performance, is really hard.

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07/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Strong sales of Microsoft's cloud offerings turn Azure into a nearly $19 billion a year business.
07/21/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It’s 7:00 a.m., and you’re in the office early. You’re hoping that nobody else is accessing the public cloud the company uses and that the inventory application will perform well for a change. However, even with just a handful of users on the cloud at that time of the morning, performance is still lackluster. 

The knee-jerk reaction is to blame the cloud provider. The provider is, of course, the host of the application and data thus any performance problems fall on its shoulders, right? Wrong.

Nine times out of ten I’m finding that performance issues are due to application design and the selection of enabling technology, rather than issues with the cloud infrastructure. Keep in mind that if you’re at capacity in a public cloud, you can simply add more. You can even scale on-demand as needed.

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07/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications, virtual desktops and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers.
07/20/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Which is more secure: virtual machines (VMs) or containers? The truth is that securing containers and cloud-native workloads is different than securing VMs, and it all starts with understanding attack and response and the ever-evolving nature of threats.

For years, the security ecosystem has been in response mode. When an attack happens, the immediate reaction is to ensure security elements put in place can help prevent those attack behaviors in the future. Yet today, vulnerabilities exist in 35 percent of websites, according to a 2016 Symantec Internet Threat Report. More persistent, sophisticated and proliferating threats require security teams to rethink their approach.

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07/20/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Digital transformation depends on the speed and agility provided by API-based ecosystems of cloud and DevOps.

07/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Looking beyond Office files, Microsoft expands the reach of the Version History feature in OneDrive to include PDF, images and practically all other types of files.
07/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: The key investment for IBM at this time is in cloud platforms and data centers, and the company is going all in for staying ahead of the IT curve.
07/19/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Open Container Initiative releases image specification and runtime spec for vendors and container users.

07/19/2017   Virtualization
After two years of effort, the first official milestone of the Open Container Initiative's runtime and image specifications debuts.
07/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
After two years of effort, the first official milestone of the Open Container Initiative's runtime and image specifications debuts.
07/19/2017   Virtualization
A robust third-party market has sprung up for devices that support the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant. Here are some of the more interesting devices available on the market.
07/19/2017   eWeek Cloud News
A new LinkedIn-sponsored State of Sales survey finds that social media is becoming an increasingly important part of the sales process for both buyers and sellers with millennials leading the charge.
07/18/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

In this video, Tony Fortunato tests a router for SLA conformance using OptiView XG.

07/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft offers its customers more testing environment flexibility by enabling a feature that allows virtual machines to run within other virtual machines.
07/18/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The Amazon Alexa platform is on a roll, now crammed with more than 15,000 “skills,” up from 10,000 in February, as reported by Voicebot. While this sounds amazing, the reality is that the vast majority of Amazon Echo customers don’t know 99.999 percent of those skills exist. Worse, there seems to be no viable way for anyone to discover what all those skills are.

So while Amazon keeps fanning the flames with developer outreach like the upcoming Alexa Dev Days, Amazon’s far larger problem is Alexa skill discovery, not skill development.

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07/18/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

A bare-metal cloud allows you to rent hardware resources from a public cloud service provider, or sometimes a managed service provider. With a bare-metal cloud, you get direct access to the hardware platform without having to go through tenant management systems. Therefore, one of the benefits of bare-metal cloud, as it is sold to the public, is the ability to better support high-transaction workloads that do not tolerate latency. 

I’ve found that bare-metal is often used by tier 2 cloud providers, and managed services providers, as a selling point of their “cloud.” Indeed, enterprises that are still attempting to maintain control over their hardware and software often pick bare-metal to maintain that control, typically while not considering costs and workloads requirements. 

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07/18/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The companies will use Microsoft's cloud to extend Baidu's autonomous driving technology platform beyond China.
07/17/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Further blurring the lines between voice calls, video chats and text conversations, Microsoft updates the Skype app for Windows 10.
07/14/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Infor's "Coleman" is the newest AI platform, joining the likes of Watson and Salesforce's Einstein, as well as services from big-name cloud providers. Here’s how they stack up.
07/14/2017   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Amazon reports record Prime Day sales and subscriber growth; Microsoft puts Windows Phone 8.1 out to pasture; Microsoft's Seeing AI app describes the world to blind users; and there's more.
07/14/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

The internet of things is driving renewed focus on the network edge.

07/14/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Enterprises want cloud portability. Why? Well, they want to hedge bets in case a public cloud provider “breaks bad” in terms of consistently poor service, or performance issues, or, more likely, jacking up the subscription fees to obnoxious levels.

As many CIOs I have talked to put it: “We need to have choices. Choices mean leverage.” I get that.

However, to have true choices, the workloads, including applications and data, need to be easily moveable from public cloud to public cloud. This means that the code will move, the data will move, and it’s a matter of recompiling, configuring, and testing on the new cloud platform. 

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07/13/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEW ANALYSIS: Once again, security researchers have found that data has been left open and improperly secured in the cloud and it's going to keep happening.
07/13/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft 365 is a bundle of applications and cloud services that will help ensure that the software giant retains the loyalty of business customers of all sizes even as they continue their migration to cloud computing.
07/13/2017   eWeek Cloud News
By opening up the Workday Cloud Platform and entering the PaaS market, Workday will enable customers and its ecosystem to use its platform services to build custom extensions and applications in a hosted environment.
07/12/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Amazon’s quest for retail industry domination received a boost from what the company described as the most successful Prime Day in its history as Prime membership soared along with its stock price.
07/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

With every innovation comes new complications. Containers made it possible to package and run applications in a convenient, portable form factor, but managing containers at scale is challenging to say the least.

Kubernetes, the product of work done internally at Google to solve that problem, provides a single framework for managing how containers are run across a whole cluster. The services it provides are generally lumped together under the catch-all term “orchestration,” but that covers a lot of territory: scheduling containers, service discovery between containers, load balancing across systems, rolling updates/rollbacks, high availability, and more.

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07/12/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

DynamoDB, a fully-managed NoSQL database, is an impressive piece of technology, and it’s amazing that AWS has opened it for the entire world to use. What took millions of dollars in R&D to build – a product that services millions of queries per second with low latency – can be effectively rented for dollars per hours by anyone with a credit card. For those who need a key-value store that can store massive amounts of data reliably, there aren’t many better options.

While DynamoDB generally works quite well, it’s inevitable that we all run into issues. A few months ago at Segment, my colleagues wrote a detailed blog post about our own DynamoDB issues. Mainly, we were hitting our rate limits due to problems with our partitioning setup – a single partition was limiting throughput for an entire table. Solving the problem took a superhuman effort, but it was worth it (to the tune of $300K annually).

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07/11/2017   eWeek Cloud News
On Demand, the first SaaS platform from the Quest Microsoft Platform Management business, is automated and designed to handle any size workload.
07/11/2017   eWeek Cloud News
UCS has been a highly successful example of the pre-configured, pre-tested server genre, because it’s now in its fifth generation and has sold more than 60,000 systems worldwide.
07/11/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Back on the topic of organizational impact around the implementation of cloud computing, I’ve had many questions about who’s going to be impacted. Better put, are IT organizations going to promote the better people to the top around the use of cloud computing? 

As I tell those who will listen, this is an opportunity for IT leaders to improve things.   However, I suspect that won’t occur. Here’s why.

As a pattern, I see executive leadership promote those in IT who have the least vision and the greatest political instincts. Case in point: those who have been advocating for cloud computing internally for years not getting promoted or even recognized. In some cases, it has even negatively impacted their career. 

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07/11/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

At last it’s here: After a prolonged gestation with three public previews, Microsoft has announced the release of Azure Stack. You can download the free Azure Stack Development Kit now. Complete hardware and software solutions will ship in the next couple of months, when Microsoft completes certification.

Bringing the public cloud to on-premises data centers was always going to be a big task, and Microsoft won’t be delivering the entirety of Azure in this initial release. In fact, don’t expect to ever see all of Azure in Azure Stack, as there are plenty of Azure features that rely on the scale of cloud. That said, there is more than enough to start with, with support for core Azure IaaS and PaaS features. Other optional elements include Azure’s App Service and its serverless Functions.

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07/10/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The “cloud” in cloud computing originated from the habit of drawing the internet as a fluffy cloud in network diagrams. No wonder the most popular meaning of cloud computing refers to running workloads over the internet remotely in a commercial provider’s data center—the so-called “public cloud” model. AWS (Amazon Web Services), Salesforce’s CRM system, and Google Cloud Platform all exemplify this popular notion of cloud computing.

But there’s another, more precise meaning of cloud computing: the virtualization and central management of data center resources as software-defined pools. This technical definition of cloud computing describes how public cloud service providers run their operations. The key advantage is agility: the ability to apply abstracted compute, storage, and network resources to workloads as needed and tap into an abundance of pre-built services.

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07/10/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Get started on the path to network programmability with these tools and educational resources.

 

07/07/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

At Interop ITX, Dave McCrory explained how data is as valuable as water in today's IT environment.

07/07/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft is planning a global sales reorganization to better focus on selling cloud software, according to Microsoft insiders. This comes as no surprise, considering that Microsoft did the same for its ailing phone business last year

What does this mean? Well, cloud in, software out—at least from the Microsoft business standpoint. However, count on Microsoft soaking you for more operating system and office automation money for years to come. So, that’s still a thing. 

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07/06/2017   Virtualization
The company wants to expand desktop virtualization among SMBs with a new hyperconverged infrastructure appliance.
07/06/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

This is tech. We make the future. However, we often get a little ahead of ourselves. Oftentimes the promise isn’t fulfilled as soon or as well as we imagined or vapored forth. Here is my list of stuff that may be good, but perhaps isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be as of mid-2017.

1. Chatbots

It is ironic that I’d call chatbots a bit overhyped given that I work for a search company (full disclosure: I work for Lucidworks, a search technology firm with products in this area). I don’t mean to say that NLP and conversational search and such don’t have a very bright future, but chatbots will only be useful as an interface to a search engine—as the thing that asks follow-up questions to refine your search to find exactly what you’re looking for. All of the other uses, like the one that tries to sell you something or tries to work in customer service, are just fancy dressed up IVR systems.

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07/05/2017   Virtualization
The Amazon Echo Show proves that a smart-home hub without a touch-screen isn't an option anymore. But Amazon could have done a more imaginative job with device design.
07/05/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

IPv6 is well suited to the internet of things and then some.

07/05/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Why would a developer use AWS Lambda? In a word, simplicity. AWS Lambda—and other event-driven, “function-as-a-service” platforms such as Microsoft Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM OpenWhisk—simplify development by abstracting away everything in the stack below the code. Developers write functions that respond to certain events (a form submission, a webhook, a row added to a database, etc.), upload their code, and pay only when that code executes.

In “How serverless changes application development” I covered the nuts and bolts of how a function-as-a-service (FaaS) runtime works and how that enables a serverless software architecture. Here we’ll take a more hands-on approach by walking through the creation of a simple function in AWS Lambda and then discuss some common design patterns that make this technology so powerful.

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07/04/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Computer systems from the Ukraine to the United States were affected last week by the Petya cyber attack. It’s similar to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack last month.

The WannaCry ransomware took advantage of vulnerabilities in the older versions of Windows that allowed the infection to spread. All someone needed to do was click a malicious link and—bang!—they were infected. That is, if they hadn’t installed the patches and updates.

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06/30/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Automation platform promises to make software-defined networking a reality for campus networks.

06/30/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Some people call them “cloud hacks,” which is perhaps more accurate than “cloud tricks,” but the enterprises I work with don’t like the term “hack.”

Whatever you prefer to call them, here are three shortcuts you can create to achieve specific end states.

Cloud trick No. 1: Customize your console

Both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have consoles that provide a master control view of resources on their clouds. With them, you can see what’s available and what you have already provisioned.

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06/30/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

What happens when cloud computing goes away? A bold—and perhaps surprising—question. But one that Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, didn’t shy away from asking during a presentation at the VC firm’s a16z Summit in 2016.

Just as the distributed client server model that took off in the 1980s replaced the centralized mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, distributed edge intelligence will replace today’s centralized cloud computing, Levine predicts. And he believes this change is already underway but will really take off beginning in 2020.

“Everything that’s ever popular in technology always gets replaced by something else,” Levine said. “It always goes away. That’s either the opportunity or the beauty of the business.”

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06/29/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

IT pros weigh in on the pros and cons of cloud infrastructure monitoring software products.

06/29/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Like FreeBSD Jails and Solaris Zones, Linux containers are self-contained execution environments—with their own, isolated CPU, memory, block I/O, and network resources—that share the kernel of the host operating system. The result is something that feels like a virtual machine, but sheds all the weight and startup overhead of a guest operating system.

In a large-scale system, running VMs would mean you are probably running many duplicate instances of the same OS and many redundant boot volumes. Because containers are more streamlined and lightweight compared to VMs, you may be able to run six to eight times as many containers as VMs on the same hardware.

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06/27/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

We all know what’s cool now in the cloud: microservices, devops, containers, and machine learning. It’s what guys like me are writing and speaking about. However, the overapplication of these technologies could end up hurting you greatly. Here’s why.

On one hand, I want to promote the use of new technology, such as cloud computing and containers. But, on the other hand, I need to have a good understanding of what business problems my clients are looking to solve, to determine the correct application of any technology, new, old, hyped, taken for granted, whatever. 

What typically happens is that the people looking to move into cloud are up on all the hyped technologies. It’s like shopping for a new car: You can have a pretty long list what you think you need: self-parking, heated seats, bending lights, voice assistance, childproof seating, maybe short-range flight.

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06/26/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

In a time where services and their consumers are ubiquitous, security risks to enterprise systems and data are exploding. Security offerings from cloud service providers are promising but still traditional in nature and sometimes soft targets for security attacks.

While enterprise CIOs expect applications, infrastructures, and critical data to shift from behind the firewall to running in the cloud, system architects and designers find themselves juggling between custom security implantation and cloud providers’ offerings.

How strongly do you feel about internet traffic be safe from eavesdropping? Does the third-party fiber optic provider guarantee an intrusion-free pipe? Those are some interesting questions for CIOs, and most of the time the answer is not as expected. But organizations can boost their security systems to make it more and more difficult, expensive and time-consuming for hackers to infiltspan>

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